Arundells is a Grade II Listed home in the heart of Salisbury Cathedral Close. It is the former home of the late Sir Edward Heath – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1974.
The property brings together six architectural periods. It was originally a medieval canonry, with the first recorded occupant being Henry of Blunston, Archdeacon of Dorset, who lived there from 1291 until his death in 1316.
The house fell into disrepair after the Second World War and demolition was considered following a long period of neglect. Extensive refurbishment works were undertaken by Mr and Mrs Robert Hawkings in 1964.
Sir Edward came to Arundells in 1985 and lived here until his death in 2005. He bequeathed the property to a charitable foundation so that it could be opened up to the public and they too could “share the beauty of Arundells”.
The house is still furnished much as Sir Edward Heath had it. Among the items on display are gifts to him from other world leaders, including Fidel Castro, Sir Winston Churchill, Chairman Mao and Richard Nixon.
His art collection includes works by Sir Winston Churchill, WL Wyllie, LS Lowry, John Singer-Sargent, John Nash, John Piper, Walter Sickert and both Augustus and Gwen John. And, his writing desk (in his study) was previously owned by another Prime Minister: David Lloyd George.
The Garden at Arundells
It is not only the house that is worth a look – there are 2 acres of garden hidden away in the heart of the city. It was redesigned in 1985 to Sir Edward’s wishes and much of the garden has remained unchanged over the intervening years. There are brilliant views of Salisbury Cathedral, it has frontage with both the River Avon and River Nadder and lush borders and mature trees.
For just £20 a year, or £35 for couples, annual garden memberships are available to give you access to one of the most tranquil and beautiful spots in Salisbury's Cathedral Close.
Arundells is open from 18th March - 1st November 2022.
Arundells hosts a number of events and exhibitions throughout the year, including outdoor theatre, historical and political talks and intimate concerts. There are also areas for private events and parties.
Opening Hours - Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am until 5pm (21st May - 2nd November 2021)
Tickets - Adults £8 - Art Fund Members £4 - Garden only £3.50 - Children 12 years and under free
Parking - There is no car parking available at Arundells. There is limited parking in Cathedral Close (parking charge £7 per day). The nearest council car park is a 5 minute walk away at Lush House car park next to Queen Elizabeth Gardens. Also Park & Ride sites just on the outskirts of Salisbury will bring you straight into the city centre by bus.
Toilets - Toilets are available, including an accessible toilet for disabled visitors.
Accessibility - The garden is level and accessible to all; including wheelchair users (dependent upon ground and weather conditions). Visitor Reception and The Exhibition Room are both on one level and accessible to wheelchair users. The ground floor of the house is level and accessible. There are five stone steps up to the front door and a ramp is provided for wheelchair access. Stairs lead up to the upper floor and steps down to the cartoon corridor. These areas are therefore not accessible to wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility.
Dogs - Well behaved dogs are permitted within the garden, but must be kept on leads at all times. Guide and Special Assistance dogs are welcome within the house.